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Posted on: June 15, 2023

[ARCHIVED] SMPD Handing Out Free Steering Wheel Locks

Free Steering Wheel Locks

Owners of certain Hyundai and Kia vehicles are invited to go pick up a steering wheel lock from the San Marcos Police Department, free of charge, starting Friday, June 16, 2023. 

Hyundai is giving away the steering wheel locks to communities across the country as it sees an increase in thefts of certain Hyundai and Kia car models. The company has stated that certain “vehicles are reportedly being stolen at a higher rate than other vehicles due to a coordinated effort on social media.” We have also seen an increase in auto thefts in San Marcos. 

There are a limited number of steering wheel locks available, so they will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

To be eligible to receive a free steering wheel lock, you must:

Be a San Marcos resident

Own one of the following vehicles:

 Hyundai

  • 2011-2022 Accent
  • 2011-2022 Elantra
  • 2013-2017 Elantra GT
  • 2013-2014 Elantra Coupe
  • 2011-2012 Elantra Touring
  • 2011-2014 Genesis Coupe
  • 2018-2022 Kona
  • 2020-2021 Palisade
  • 2011-2012. 2019-2022 Santa Fe
  • 2013-2018, 2019 Santa Fe; Santa Fe XL
  • 2013-2018 Santa Fe Sport
  • 2011-2019 Sonata
  • 2011-2022 Tucson
  • 2012-2017, 2019-2021 Veloster
  • 2020-2021 Venue
  • 2011-2012 Veracruz

 Kia

  • 2011-2021 Forte
  • 2021-2022 K5
  • 2011-2020 Optima
  • 2011-2021 Rio
  • 2011-2021 Sedona
  • 2021-2022 Seltos
  • 2010-2022 Soul
  • 2011-2022 Sorento
  • 2011-2022 Sportage

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